MINI LIVING is a translation of our main mission: the creative use of space for new applications in an urban environment. With low environmental impact in mind, we look for answers to this challenge thanks to our knowledge, experience and inexhaustible pleasure.
Breathe is the theme that focuses on the limited amount of resources that the city offers for remaining green. “The installation shows what happens when we see buildings not simply as spaces, but as an active part of the environment, a component which creates breathing space for the area and the people who live there,” says Ewoud Van der Heyden, MINI BeLux.
For Design September, the Breathe philosophy has been translated into a modern installation which rejoices in the classic mirror image of one of Brussels’ most beautiful churches.
Easy opportunities for everyone.
The installation is made from simple and inexpensive materials because environmentally-conscious living need not be synonymous with expensive alternatives such as solar boilers, solar panels or heat pumps. There are a lot of us in the city and together, we can achieve a lot with small, inexpensive initiatives.
There is olivine in the honeysuckle’s potting soil and in the water around the island. It is a mineral which is widely used and known for its property of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. You can easily add it to the soil in your plant pots or to the pond at home, if you have one. Because when combined with water, its effect is even stronger.
‘Green junkie’ honeysuckle.
This specially cultivated honeysuckle is a new variety which absorbs far more particulates and CO2. It’s also sometimes called ‘green junkie’ because, unlike real junkies, it gets more beautiful and stronger the worse the air quality is.
Bringing to life and bringing together.
Creating more breathing space doesn’t just mean that we’re cleaning up the city, it also means making time for one another. The metropolis is teeming with anonymous people who live increasingly incognito lives. The table in the middle of a bustling square in the city centre invites you to pause. With friends, acquaintances, colleagues or even total strangers. There’s enough space, and the space is for everyone.